Mariners 6-pack combines for no-hitter

Sunday, June 10, 2012

SEATTLE--Kevin Millwood and five relievers combined on the third no-hitter in Seattle Mariners history, a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in interleague play Friday.

It was the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season, joining gems by the Angels' Jered Weaver, the Mets' Johan Santana and White Sox right-hander Philip Humber, who threw a perfect game at Seattle in April.

This one was the least conventional, equaling the record for most pitchers in a no-hitter.

Kyle Seager drove in Ichiro Suzuki with a two-out single in the seventh. Stephen Pryor (1-0) earned his first major league win.

Millwood cruised through six innings, giving up only a walk. But after throwing his first warmup pitch for the seventh he felt a twinge in his groin and was pulled. Seattle's bullpen finished the no-hitter when Tom Wilhelmsen retired Andre Ethier on a routine grounder to second base that ended a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Nationals 7, Red Sox 4 At Boston, Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings and Bryce Harper homered as Washington picked up the club's first victory at Fenway Park.

Harper hit a two-run shot in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth as the club improved to 1-9 at Boston's iconic home. The Montreal Expos dropped all six of their games at Fenway before moving to Washington.

Boston's Adrian Gonzalez hit his 200th homer, a solo shot in the eighth. Felix Doubront (6-3) got the loss.

Rangers 5, Giants 0 At San Francisco, Craig Gentry had a career-high five hits and drove in two runs, and Matt Harrison pitched his third career shutout as Texas beat San Francisco in a rematch of the 2010 World Series.

Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler homered as Texas earned its first victory in San Francisco's waterfront ballpark after an 0-11 start, including two during the memorable Fall Classic that went to the Giants.

Harrison allowed five hits, struck out four and walked none to outlast Barry Zito (5-3) in a matchup of left-handers. Harrison (8-3) also tied Tampa Bay's David Price for the most wins in the American League.

Yankees 9, Mets 1 At New York, Robinson Cano homered twice and hit one of three straight long balls off an ineffective Johan Santana, leading the New York Yankees to a rout of the Mets.

Hiroki Kuroda allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings before leaving with a bruised left foot. Cano ended Santana's bid for a second straight no-hitter with a two-run shot in the second, then connected again in the third with a runner aboard to begin a string of three consecutive home runs in a span of 11 pitches.

Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones followed with homers, the first time Santana has served up three in a row. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is 0-3 with a 12.21 ERA in three starts at the new Yankee Stadium.

Diamondbacks 8, Athletics 8 At Phoenix, Ryan Roberts hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Arizona over Oakland.

Roberts, who also doubled twice, lined a 2-1 pitch from Brian Fuentes into the left-field seats to give Arizona its only lead of the game.

J.J. Putz (1-3) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the Diamondbacks' fifth victory in six games.

Oakland's Seth Smith had three hits, an RBI and a spectacular catch to rob Hill of a home run.

Phillies 9, Orioles 6 At Baltimore, Jim Thome doubled twice, legged out an infield hit and got his first RBI of the season, and Shane Victorino homered and drove in five runs as Philadelphia emphatically ended a season-worst six-game losing streak.

Mike Fontenot homered for the Phillies, who scored six runs in the second inning.

Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy homered for the Orioles, who lost for the ninth time in 12 games.

Pirates 4, Royals 2 At Pittsburgh, Erik Bedard pitched seven solid innings and Neil Walker had three hits as Pittsburgh won for the 10th time in 13 games.

Bedard (4-6) allowed two runs and five hits as Pittsburgh captured the opening game of a series for the sixth consecutive time. The Pirates (30-27) also moved three games over .500 for the first time this season.

Jason Grilli worked a perfect eighth and Joel Hanrahan retired the side in order in the ninth for his 16th save in 18 opportunities.

Reds 6, Tigers 5, 10 Innings At Cincinnati, Wilson Valdez's squeeze bunt with one out in the 10th inning scored Miguel Cairo and gave Cincinnati the win.

Cairo started the rally against left-hander Phil Coke (1-2) with his first triple of the season. One out later, Valdez pinch hit and bunted toward first baseman Prince Fielder, who threw home barehanded. Cairo slid his left hand over the plate before the tag.

Joey Votto had three hits for Cincinnati, including a three-run homer off Rick Porcello.

Astros 8, White Sox 3 At Chicago, Jed Lowrie, Brett Wallace and Brian Bogusevic homered for Houston, which got a strong effort from the bullpen.

Houston's win was just its third in the last 13 games. Chicago lost for the fourth time in 15 games.

Wallace had a solo shot off Floyd in the second, and Bogusevic delivered a three-run homer in the ninth off Will Ohman.

Rays 5, Marlins 1 At Miami, Matt Joyce homered, doubled and scored three times as Tampa Bay escaped several jams to beat slumping Miami.

The Marlins went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. They are 1 for 28 in those situations during their homestand, losing all four games while totaling four runs.

Joyce went 2 for 3 with two walks, hiking his on-base percentage to .409. Jose Lobaton had two doubles and scored once.

Braves 4, Blue Jays 3, 10 Innings At Atlanta, Jason Heyward stole third base and scored on catcher J.P. Arencibia's throwing error in the 10th inning as Atlanta beat Toronto for its fifth straight victory.

Jose Bautista homered for the Blue Jays.

Indians 6, Cardinals 2 At St. Louis, Josh Tomlin scattered eight hits over seven innings and Johnny Damon hit a two-run homer as Cleveland sent St. Louis to its seventh loss in 10 games.

Tomlin (3-3) pitched shutout ball into the seventh, when he allowed a two-run single to pinch-hitter Matt Adams. He threw just 76 pitches, improving to 4-0 in interleague play, and singled to improve to 3 for 5 at the plate in his big league career.

Angels 7, Rockies 2 At Denver, Torii Hunter homered twice and drove in six runs to lead Los Angeles over Colorado.

Angels rookie Mike Trout had three hits and scored three times and Albert Pujols had an RBI double to back C.J. Wilson (7-4), who struck out nine in eight innings.

Jordan Pacheco had an RBI triple for the Rockies, who have lost three straight.

Twins 8, Cubs 7, 10 Innings At Minneapolis, Josh Willingham's RBI single in the 10th inning lifted Minnesota to the victory.

Ryan Doumit and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins (23-34), who have won eight of their last 10 games as they try to climb out of the AL Central basement.

Alfonso Soriano homered twice and had three RBIs and Starlin Castro added a homer and a triple for the Cubs, who have lost 19 of their last 23 games.

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